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by Ellyn Fortino
7:30pm
Wed Jan 27

Rauner's State Of The State Address Sidesteps Illinois' Blaring Fiscal Problems, Critics Say

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner delivered his second State of the State address Wednesday, during the seventh month of the state budget impasse. Progress Illinois provides highlights from Rauner's speech and rounds up reaction to his agenda for the state.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
5:26pm
Mon Jan 25

Cullerton Says School Funding Overhaul Should Be Tied To Budget

Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago) said he wants school funding reform tied to the state budgeting process. 

"The governor has linked things together. We don't have a budget because he's got his 'turnaround agenda.' So I can link things together too," Cullerton said during remarks Monday at the City Club of Chicago. "This is a turnaround agenda. We gotta change the school funding formula."

During his City Club speech, Cullerton said a school funding overhaul is needed because the current system is the "most inequitable system of school finance in the country." The state's public education funding system has remained unchanged since 1997. 

"Before we appropriate money for education for next year, (which) starts July 1, we have to fix this formula," Cullerton said. "And it's not a special deal for Chicago. In fact, we're eliminating the special deals for Chicago," including the special block grant it receives. 

PI Original
by Ellyn Fortino
7:37pm
Mon Jan 11

No Budget Agreement In Sight As Lawmakers Gear Up For The New Legislative Session (UPDATED)

With the state's 2016 legislative session starting this week, Progress Illinois checks in with lawmakers and government experts on the status of the budget impasse.

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
3:30pm
Thu Dec 10, 2015

Relocation Of CPS Bus Stop Raising Concerns Among Rogers Park Parents

Rogers Park parents say they're worried about their children's safety now that the walk to their bus stop is longer after its relocation by the Chicago Public Schools district earlier this year.

Their original bus stop was located at Stephen F. Gale Elementary Community Academy, 1631 W. Jonquil Terrace. Students were reassigned this school year to a bus stop at Eugene Field Elementary School, 7019 N. Ashland Ave.

North Side parents who spoke out early Thursday morning outside Field Elementary claim the district reassigned them to the new bus stop without their input and has been unresponsive to their concerns raised after the relocation.

"We're extremely concerned about our children's safety, having to walk in the dark across busy streets through gang territory," said Rogers Park resident Tiffany Mikell, whose 10-year-old son catches the bus at Field Elementary and attends Disney Magnet Elementary School, 4140 N. Marine Dr.

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